Week of July 22, 2014 - Greetings from the Standing People: The Trees

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:21 PM | Anonymous
Green greeting from myself and from the Standing People: the Trees.

Do you have a special tree that you love?

Do you have a forest where you can go to rest and renew?

The trees have mothered me since I was a little girl. (Though, truth to tell, the trees tortured me when I was young, too. There was an osage orange tree in the back yard that would hurl its soft-ball sized fruits at me whenever I was hanging the laundry out to dry.) I have always felt safe when in the woods, even knowing that there might be bears and wasps and lightning storms. The trees have always sheltered me, guided me, fed me, given me medicine.
This Saturday we will spend “A Day with the Trees.” These Ancient beings have so much to share with us. And I am so honored to live among so many wise trees. Let me introduce you to some of my special friends in the forest.

We will begin with birch. We will find the anti-cancer Fomes mushrooms that grow only on birch. (And we may find some edible mushrooms too.) We will meditate on the axis mundi of the centuries-old oak that shadows my garden. We will encounter hawthorn and willow, missey-moosey and cedar, pine and elm and ash, and so many more. And we will take the time to listen to them, in the silence. I hope you can join me for one of my favorite classes.

Or join us Sunday for “The Great Remedies.” We will pick a wild salad and make some vinegars, tinctures, oils, and more with some of the most important, useful herbs available. We always have a great time when we roll up our sleeves and jump into the herbs, whether its yarrow or plantain, comfrey or clover, motherwort or day lily. There is so much to see and do in July!!

Are you feeling the slowing down that comes after summer solstice? No longer rushing, not headlong with desire, freed from the urgency of spring and early summer, the foliage and our psyches relax with the shortening days.

The tomatoes and eggplants swell lushly. The corn is tender and sweet. Greens abound. We are cooking the extra greens – kale, lamb’s quarter, amaranth, collards, beet greens, turnip greens, chard – and freezing them for delightful meals this winter. There is always at least one cooked green on the table for my evening meal, and sometimes two or three.
Come with me for a weed walk and we will meet some greens (and a few colors). Or enjoy a summer recipe. And now is the time to get started on your Third Eye Opening Blend as well.

Green blessings are everywhere.

~ Weed Walk ~

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